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Thread: Rutting Sika Venison Flavour

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    Rutting Sika Venison Flavour


    Do members on here find that Sika like Reds in the middle ofthe rut find the venison with tainted flavour due to the high levels of testosterone.

    Phil


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    oh yes same as reds and fallow sell them to the game dealer horrid stuff in the rut

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    Thanks Sakowsm. Thought so, the wallows smell the same,

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    That's the answer I would have expected Phil, but I have never been brave enough to try one , straight into the dealers, now a young staggie in August is a completely different story!

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    This has always worried me, I would not think of eating any stag shot in the rut, but I do feel sorry for the poor punter who decides that they are going to try venison for the first time and gets a mid rut testosterone filled and fight battered piece of meat. First impressions are important and this would not be a good one.

    One day I want to be as wonderful as my dogs think i am .....

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    so i cant eat first Sika stag next week :-( not a cheap outing and I wont even get to fill my freezer!!

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    Had a couple of young Sika spikers in Aug and to good for the game dealer!!!.
    The farmers and keepers on the land were saying that there are regular injurys so I will be sending to game dealer if required.

    thanks

    Phil

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    I've always avoided them too Phil, the smell being enought to put me off.

    Leads me to the question: is it an 'urban myth' that some dealers export rutty red/sika stag and fallow buck carcases as 'the Germans and some Continentals positively prefer them?'

    Nick

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    As Jayb says early August stags are good eating, especially young ones.

    Nothing beats a young hind though in early November, full of fat, no smell, clean as a whistle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJ View Post
    I've always avoided them too Phil, the smell being enought to put me off.

    Leads me to the question: is it an 'urban myth' that some dealers export rutty red/sika stag and fallow buck carcases as 'the Germans and some Continentals positively prefer them?'

    Nick
    That's what my dealer told me, and let's face it for the French any way the smellier the better

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